December 11, 2023

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Coronavirus: U.S. Adds New Travel Restrictions, Screenings

The Trump Administration has implemented new travel restrictions on airline passengers arriving in the United States owing to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. In the meantime, cruise strains are stepping up their screening procedures and altering their routes. 

Productive February 2, less than the new travel restrictions all overseas nationals who have traveled to mainland China within the previous fourteen times will be denied permission to travel to the United States, according to a White House assertion. Furthermore, any U.S. citizen or lawful U.S. long-lasting resident returning to the United States who has traveled to mainland China within the earlier fourteen times will have to have to enter the U.S. as a result of one particular of the next approved airports:

  • Atlanta: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta Global Airport (ATL)
  • Dallas/Fort Value: Dallas/Fort Value Global Airport (DFW) Commencing Feb. three at 7:30 a.m. ET
  • Detroit: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) Commencing Feb. three at 7:30 a.m. ET
  • Newark, NJ: Newark Liberty Global Airport (EWR) Commencing Feb. three at 6:30 a.m. ET
  • Honolulu: Daniel K. Inouye Global Airport (HNL)
  • New York Metropolis: John F. Kennedy Global Airport (JFK)
  • Los Angeles: Los Angeles Global Airport (LAX)
  • Chicago: Chicago O’Hare Global Airport (ORD)
  • Seattle: Seattle-Tacoma Global Airport (SEA)
  • San Francisco: San Francisco Global Airport (SFO)
  • Washington, D.C.: Washington-Dulles Global Airport (IAD)

Furthermore, citizens who have been to China’s Hubei province within the previous fourteen times will be matter to a fourteen-working day quarantine, when those people who have been wherever in China within the previous fourteen times will be matter to a self-quarantine. Airlines have been directed to talk to tourists arriving on intercontinental flights no matter whether or not they have been to China within the previous fourteen times. 

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Airline Updates

American Airlines suspended all flights among the U.S. and China as of Friday, January 31. The airline states that it will perform to help all prospects impacted by the travel restrictions. Those scheduled to fly into a non-approved airport will be rerouted or available a refund.

Delta temporarily suspended flights among the U.S. and China as of February 2. The airline reported it will help prospects impacted by the new travel restrictions by re-accommodating them on flights immediately after April 30, on an alternate airline or as a result of offering a refund. 

United Airlines will suspend all blights to Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai from February 5 to March 28, with much less frequencies to those people cities as a result of February 5. The airline will carry on to operate one particular day-to-day flight among San Francisco and Hong Kong. Furthermore, United reported that it will waive improve charges to rebook flights for prospects touring to Wuhan and other destinations in mainland China. 

In all situations, tourists are encouraged to make it possible for for added time at the airport, as the more screening will lengthen the typical test-in method.  

Cruise Updates

Cruise strains are similarly updating their stability safety measures relevant to the virus, and some have produced itinerary adjustments. 

All Cruise Strains Global Association (CLIA) member strains will deny boarding to friends or crew who have traveled as a result of mainland China within the previous fourteen times. Some strains, these types of as Regent 7 Seas Cruises, MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, will deny boarding to those people who have visited within the previous 30 times. Regent and Norwegian will also conduct non-touch temperature screenings for friends embarking from Hong Kong, and those people registering a fever of a hundred.four degrees Fahrenheit or greater will not be permitted to board. MSC will conduct these temperature screenings for friends embarking from all ports globally. 

Cruise strains are also applying more deep-sanitation customers across their respective fleets. 

In phrases of itinerary updates, MSC Cruises has declared options to redeploy the first embarkation port for the MSC Splendida’s Grand Voyage, which is scheduled to depart February fourteen. The ship will sail from Singapore alternatively of Shanghai, and prepared calls at Naha, Japan, and Hong Kong will be cancelled in favor of new calls at Langkawi, Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as properly as Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam. 

Crystal Cruises has cancelled a amount of prepared calls by the Crystal Symphony in Hong Kong in favor of calls in Tapei, Taiwan. The shift applies to the February 2, 7 and fifteen, as properly as its March 1, fifteen and 31 sailings. 

Seabourn has cancelled a phone by the Seabourn Ovation to Xiamen, China, that had been scheduled for Monday, February three. As a substitute, the line will adjust the itinerary to consist of a stop by to Sandakan, Malaysia, on Monday, February ten. 

Royal Caribbean Cruises has cancelled a few sailings as a result of February eight on the Spectrum of the Seas, which is homeported in Shanghai and mainly sources from the China sector. 

Hence far there have been additional than seventeen,000 situations of the coronavirus and 362 deaths, one particular in the Philippines and the relaxation in China, CNBC reports. 

Past 7 days the State Department updated its travel advisory for China to its highest amount, Level four: Do Not Travel. The World Wellness Group (WHO) has also declared the outbreak a general public overall health unexpected emergency of intercontinental worry. 

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